Neubauer, David W. (2001) Debating crime: Rhetoric and reality. Belmont, CA:
Take a stand on this controversial topic: Develop a persuasive argument as to whether or not excessive force is systematic problem. Argue one of these viewpoints:
* Excessive use of force is a systematic problem.
* Excessive use of force is not a systematic problem.
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Here is your solution as you requested: concise & direct to the point. I took the liberty of indicating additional information on recommended policies as I chose to perpetuate the idea of the subject being 'in-system'. Good Luck!
On Excessive Use of Force
NAACP research shows that 'any use of force' among police is a relatively rare event occurring less than 1% at any contact. The problem rises however when force is sanctioned. For instance, in a police warranted raid or confrontations 35% of the events in 2006 were judged to be 'excessively forceful'. Is it a systematic problem? The fact that 90% of police officers currently serving agree that front-line supervisors are needed to keep 'forceful officers' in check is an indication. A recent survey responded upon by police officers show that 60% of the respondents feel that they do not feel at times obliged to report serious abuse of authority among their colleagues further drive home the point. 25% of these respondents also feel that the backlash from whistle blowing is at times too harsh ...
The Solution provides a viewpoint to a position in the current debate on the use of excessive force in police brutality using the ideas from Neaubauer's Criminology textbook.
Police Recruitment, Abuses and Other Issues
You have highlighted some extremely valid points in the areas of training that forensic psychology professionals operate in within police organizations; one especially being fitness-for-duty assessments as they help identify those individuals most suitable for police work, they help determine if policing officials can continue a career in police work or if said individuals are unfit for duty because they can potential do more harm to themselves, their partners and the policing agent. We can surmise that training is paramount to the success and effectiveness of police work. However, it is important to note the costs associated with said training or the loss of unstable officers. Our text states that upwards of $500,000 are spent in officer training (Ainsworth, 2002), how do you think this impacts the use of psychological screening?
Explain some of the questionable use of force methods being utilized by officers recently in the media? How can policing agencies be good stewards of their resources while selecting the very best into the police force?